Letters - November 26, 2015

The Talbot Gateway under construction last year
The Talbot Gateway under construction last year
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Good luck to eaterie, they will need it

You have to give credit to the investors behind Mr Basrai’s World Cuisines, the first unit due to open at The Talbot Gateway. They have invested a huge amount of money.

As an optimist I’m all in favour of positive regeneration and employment opportunities for Blackpool, and I wish this new restaurant business well. However, this is not an undertaking for the faint-hearted and requires a well-financed operator. Speaking openly, it’s an ambitious and risky ploy that I feel is going to need a lot of support. My views are only speculation and I would prefer to eat my own words and be surprised.

One thing is for certain, the chartered and well paid rating consultants instructed to advise the council over two years ago clearly got it wrong with their theoretical assumptions.

However it is ‘dressed up’ Blackpool is not a prosperous city centre. Advertising corporate style retail rents and rates on the fringe of the town centre is like a second league footballer or club demanding Premier Division fees.

For Blackpool to attract greater year-round private investment, town centre rents, rates and parking charges need to be practical and realistic.

Stephen Pierre

via email


Carers need a break from their duties

This month we celebrate Carers Rights Day, and it’s essential we support unpaid carers right across the UK.

I work for Revitalise, an amazing charity that runs the Sandpipers respite break centre in Southport, providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers from around the region and beyond.

It is a sobering thought that as you read this, there are carers up and down the country who each day are edging ever closer to breaking point, but are simply too fearful to let go of their loved ones, even for a few days.

Our research found that 80 per cent of carers said they found feelings of guilt to be a barrier stopping them from accessing respite breaks for themselves and those they care for.

In contrast, 100 per cent of carers agreed that taking proper breaks away are vital in sustaining a good relationship with those they care for. That’s why we want to shine a light on the enormous benefits of respite breaks and remind carers that help is at hand!

If you would like to find out about Revitalise, our breaks or ways that we can help you, call 0303 303 0147, or visit www.revitalise.org.uk.

Stephanie Stone



Go along for help 
on LGBT issues

The next LGBT coffee morning will take place on Monday, December 7 at SilverDell bookshop, Kirkham, from 10am to noon, when Police will engage with the local LGBT community offering advice, support and reassurance.

All are welcome to come along and meet myself and members of the local police at this informal coffee morning.

Andrew Noble

Police and Community Support Volunteer